April 28, 2008
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Here’s the site I was talking about in class.
Also, a news article from the UK Guardian which, on its own, adds another brick to the Orientalist wall of representations of Persia/Iran. Note, however, that Barbie has many critics, including various medical organizations which have studied Barbie’s influence on body-image and psychological development in young girls, as well as hypothesizing what ailments a 36-18-33 woman 35 pounds underweight might suffer. Barbies or Barbie-like dolls now feature in world culture at large and include Fulla, the Egyptian Barbie, and Sara, who hails from Iran.